The U.S. public charging network for electric vehicles is becoming more robust, but significant differences in reliability and performance remain between providers, an industry ranking by engineering consulting firm Umlaut found.
EV charging network in U.S. getting more robust, but challenges remain, study says
The group tested chargers by Volkswagen's Electrify America, ChargePoint, EVgo, Blink Charging, EVconnect, Greenlots and Tesla's Superchargers.
The ranking considered the technical performance of chargers, as well as the charging station environment, such as lighting, roofing and nearby amenities. It also took into account the performance of charging networks' apps, which car owners use to look for nearby chargers and make payments.
"Across all categories we see the system becoming more mature and stable," said Hakan Ekman, one of the study's authors. The firm conducted a similar ranking in 2020 in California.
The group used a Tesla Model 3 and a Ford Mach-E for its 2021 tests, but did not consider the vehicles' performance in their rankings.
The build-out of public charging stations is seen as crucial to support a growing fleet of EVs on U.S. roads. While 80 percent of current U.S. EV owners charge their car at home, a robust charging network is considered a prerequisite to making consumers comfortable with EVs and increasing their share.
Last year, EVs accounted for around 2 percent of all U.S. new vehicle sales, a share carmakers vow to increase to at least 40 percent by 2030.
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